Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 is the legal term for the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 1 and Year 2, when pupils are aged between 5 and 7. At Moorgate, we have three classes within Key Stage 1. This year, that means we have two Y1 classes and one Year 2 class.
KS1 Curriculum Overview
In Key Stage 1 pupils are taught compulsary national curriculum subjects. These are:
- Design Technology
- Art and design
- Physical Education (PE), including swimming
We provide religious education, but you may opt for your child to withdraw from these lessons.
At Moorgate Primary Academy we also teach:
- personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
- modern foreign languages (French)
Tests and assessments
Pupils are tested formally twice during Key Stage 1 (Y1 phonics screening check and end of KS assessments). These are carried out in a low key manner and children very much enjoy working individually and in small groups alongside their class teacher.
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not reach the expected standard in the check, they will retake it in Year 2.
Key Stage 1 Assessments
Key Stage 1 assessments cover:
- Maths (arithmetic and reasoning)
The tasks and tests for Reading, SPaG and Maths are taken during May. Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out whether they are working at age related expectation (ARE). Their test results form part of an overall teacher assessment grade. These are recorded on your child’s school report at the end of Year 2.